By SFC Media Wed 04 Jan Emirates FA Cup

Relive Saints' cup successes

As Southampton prepare to embark on this season's FA Cup campaign, we look back at some of the club's classic wins in the third round.

2003: Southampton 4-0 Tottenham

Saints’ memorable journey to the final of the 2003 competition began with a satisfying 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur and former manager Glenn Hoddle, at St Mary’s.

In front of a live national television audience, Gordon Strachan’s team demolished their opponents, with Michael Svensson setting them on the way, as he stabbed in from close range after Kasey Keller spilled a James Beattie free-kick.

Saints stepped it up a gear after the break, as Jo Tessem’s shot across goal capped a sublime team move, before Anders Svensson ran half the length of the pitch to fire in a third.

The rout was complete when Beattie converted from close range, after Keller had kept out his initial header. 

1996: Southampton 3-0 Portsmouth

Saints celebrate against Pompey

Saints strolled to victory against their bitter rivals, at The Dell, as they secured safe passage to the fourth round.

Jim Magilton gave the hosts an early lead, converting from close range after Neil Heaney’s header from a Gordon Watson cross had been scrambled away.

Magilton doubled the lead in the opening stages of the second half, as he knocked in a rebound after Matt Le Tissier’s shot had been saved by Alan Knight.

Le Tissier then set up the third, squaring for Neil Shipperley to complete a comfortable, yet deeply enjoyable, win. 

1976: Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton (a.e.t.)

Saints might have won the cup in 1976, but they very nearly faltered at the first hurdle.

An 89th-minute equaliser from Hughie Fisher, at The Dell, set up a replay at Villa Park, which Lawrie McMenemy’s side prevailed in.

Jim McCalliog headed Saints in front, only for Ray Graydon to equalise, but McCalliog ensured they would not be denied, as his deflected effort in extra-time set them on course for Wembley.

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1961: Southampton 7-1 Ipswich

Saints take on another team from East Anglia this weekend, but it was against Ipswich in this season that they produced one of the biggest wins of their history.

The Town side was managed by Alf Ramsey and would win the Second Division title later in the year, but they were demolished at The Dell, as Saints went 6-0 up by half-time, with George O’Brien netting a hat-trick, while Tommy Mulgrew, Harry Penk and Terry Paine also scored.

Mulgrew’s late header, after Ipswich had pulled one back, completed the scoring.

1960: Manchester City 1-5 Southampton

Third Division Saints produced one of the biggest shock results of their history, as they thrashed top-flight City, at Maine Road.

They came from behind, too, after Colin Barlow’s 18th-minute goal. Saints turned the game on its head quickly, though, as Terry Paine twice set up Derek Reeves, before Paine provided another assist, this time for George O’Brien, in the 64th minute.

Paine continued to dazzle and set up a fourth, as Reeves headed in his ball for a hat-trick, before the forward completed an incredible day for himself by thundering in his fourth and the team’s fifth.


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